You Won't Want to Miss These 7 Things at StampShow 2019
The biggest stamp convention of the year has arrived at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska! Over the next four days (August 1-4), StampShow 2019 will host dozens of ceremonies, talks, educational sessions, films, auctions, and more – not to mention the show floor, which has stamp society booths, hundreds of exhibits, and stamp dealers who will help you buy and sell stamps. It’s impossible to see and do everything that StampShow offers, whether you’re a long-time StampShow pro or have never set foot on a convention floor. Luckily, we’ve compiled the top 7 things you won’t want to miss at StampShow 2019.
1 - Union Pacific and APS Transcontinental Railroad Celebration at Home Plate
On Saturday, August 3rd, the American Philatelic Society will be trekking over to Union Pacific Home Plate to witness the historic, newly-renovated Big Boy train (UP 4014), which has been touring cross-country from city to city in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. Big Boy will be on display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT for rail fans and history buffs alike – but the real fun begins at 11 a.m. with a ceremony co-sponsored by the US Postal Service, Union Pacific, and the American Philatelic Society. The event will celebrate the Transcontinental Railroad, the recent commemorative railroad stamps, and the rich history of trains on stamps. The APS will provide a trolley service from the CHI Health Center to Union Pacific Home Plate beginning at 9:45 a.m. and a return service after the ceremony.
2 - The Inverted Jenny and Court of Honor
The official “Court of Honor” at StampShow is home to several philatelic rarities, but none more famous than the Inverted Jenny. Not only is the Inverted Jenny one of the most famous and valuable American stamps due to its unusual printing error and (and subsequent rarity), it is also the only one of its kind to be regularly displayed to the public. The Inverted Jenny on display is more infamous than others in existence, as it was part of a block of four Jennys that were stolen in 1955 from an American Philatelic Society convention. The movements of this Jenny and its fellows in the stolen block have been shrouded by mystery since 1955, at least until it was re-discovered and brought home to the APS in 1982. Come see the Inverted Jenny and other philatelic rarities at the Court of Honor – open to all for the duration of the show.
3 - Discovery Cove – the APS Youth Area
At Discovery Cove, kids can build a House of Covers (based on hit television show House of Cards), learn about the Transcontinental Railroad through trains on stamps, begin their own stamp albums, sift for hidden gems in the stamp pile, and take home free souvenirs. Don’t miss the special Youth Area snapchat filter!
4 - Harmer-Schau Live Auction
Attend the Harmer-Schau Auction Galleries live auction in person or online on all four days of StampShow. Items available for bidding include extensive U.S., German Colonies, Italy & Colonies collections, Mexico airmails, and the James Buchanan "The Gentleman from Pennsylvania" exhibit formed by Bill Dipaolo. The first session begins on August 1st from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
5 - Educational Sessions
At StampShow, it’s not hard to meet people who have interests similar to yours – but the best place to do it, according to APS Executive Director Scott English (and a dozen other StampShow veterans), is at the educational sessions (and discussions, and presentations, and films) that are scheduled every day at the show. Intimate, interactive, and welcoming to experts and beginners – these sessions range in topic from Walt Disney to Artificial Intelligence to Freaks and Errors to the lost Los Alamos covers. Keep an eye out for upcoming events at StampShow on the Attendify app.
6 - Boys Town Stamp Ball
It’s the largest stamp ball in the world – and it comes from Boys Town, Nebraska, a National Historic Landmark District that provides foster care to over 400 boys and girls. This stamp ball – certified by Ripley’s Believe It or Not, of course – is hard to miss! Clocking in at 600 pounds, the World’s Largest Stamp Ball contains 4,655,000 stamps.
7 - The Show Floor
It’s probably cheating to list the show floor at StampShow as one single thing to see, considering it includes all of the stamp dealers (who are one of the best resources out there to help you find the perfect stamps for your collection), all of the society booths (where you can meet people who share your interests and have expertise in your area), and all of the exhibits (800+ frames, which together represent countless decades of research, knowledge, and passion). We know you’ll be welcomed wherever you stop to chat – and no doubt you’ll learn a thing or two before you go.
There are three more days of StampShow 2019 left – and countless things to see, even after you’ve exhausted this list. StampShow opens on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Admission is free for all attendees.
For live updates from the show floor, follow the APS on Snapchat (aps_stamps), Twitter (@APS_stamps), Instagram (aps_stamps) and Facebook (american.philatelic.society). StampShow news is being shared with the hashtag StampShow2019 – we’d love to hear about your personal Top 7 Things to Do at StampShow!
Did you miss the Military Working Dogs Forever first day of issue ceremony today? We've got pictures from the dedication event on APS social media, with more images to come. We met a working canine unit from Offutt Air Force base and heard remarks from multiple Vietnam veteran and military dog handlers, including Dave Keeton, whose efforts to commemorate his German shepherd partner, King, led in part to the creation of this stamp issue. Meanwhile, the new Military Dogs stamps are available now for purchase in your local post office and from USPS online.